On Wednesday the New Orleans Hornets won the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes and in doing so opened a can of worms.
Some NBA executives are very unhappy about the still NBA owned team — soon to be owned by Tom Benson, owner of the Saints — and the fact they did indeed get the number one pick in the NBA Draft. That’s the fact that has many in the league riled up according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
“It’s such a joke that the league made the new owners be at the lottery for the show,” one high-ranking team executive told Yahoo! Sports. “The league still owns the Hornets. Ask their front office if new owners can make a trade right now. They can’t. This is a joke.”
“I bet I could get my owner to tank if I knew the chance of getting the No. 1 pick was 100 percent,” an NBA team president said in an email.
New Orleans Hornets had a 13.7% chance of winning and most importantly didn’t end their 2011-2012 season by tanking. They ended their season with dignity, it seems to be more jealousy from other lottery teams more than anything else.
There’s always next year, Charlotte.